Stephanie Fiebing | Obituaries | record eagle
May 9, 1939 –
July 6, 2022
Stephanie Fiebing, 83 of Traverse City died Wednesday July 6, 2022 at Munson Hospice House.
She was born on March 9, 1939 to Margaret (Campeau) and Raymond Fiebing.
Stephanie was forever grateful to have been able to spend her first year of school at the one-room Dunn School where her mother taught during World War II. She graduated from Central High School with the large class of 1956. In 1958 she graduated from Northwestern Michigan College and in 1960 from Central Michigan University. She continued her education over the next forty years teaching at St. Francis High School, Our Lady of Grace in El Cajon, California, and again at St. Francis beginning in the 1980s. Leelanau County children in the Red Cross Swim Program (1959-1962) or those in traditional classes, teaching was more than a job for Stephanie.
His students were “his children” whose successes and failures were his successes and failures. The love and respect she had for her students and their love and respect for her was clearly on display. She maintained contact with many former students throughout her life. His memories still abound in San Diego in the “costume closet”, on stage and in the sound system of Our Lady of Grace. She chronicled her years at Our Lady of Grace in a book called The Teacher Remembers which she wrote as a fundraiser for the school. Stephanie spent her free time enjoying music, sports and carpentry. She has sung in many choirs and for countless weddings. Woodworking ranged from furniture to miniatures. She designed at least fifteen dollhouses for friends, relatives, Gladhander and for herself a treasured replica of the family cottage on Lake Leelanau.
Stephanie retired in 1999 from St. Francis. She moved to her newly built home on Lake Leelanau where she still hosted friends and family. She spent a lot of time and traveled a lot with her dear friend and caregiver Donna Spencer. The two spent many winters at Donna’s second home in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains near Burnside, Kentucky. There they were active at St. Mildred’s Catholic Church.
Stephanie is survived by her sister, Jennifer (Dave) Leggett; sister-in-law, Patricia “Trish” Fiebing; and many nieces; nephews; and great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; one sister, Patricia; and his brother, Gregory.
Stephanie loved animals, especially cats. Most of her life, she enjoyed being owned by one or two cats. Donations may be made in her name to the Cherryland Humane Society or Immaculate Conception Parish. Stephanie’s favorite place in the world was the property at the end of Park Road on Lake Leelanau. His mind remains in the whisper of the wind, the heat of the sun, the sound of the outboard motor on his pontoon boat. She will always be there on the floating raft, the Aqua Cycle or the wide sandy beach. His spirit lives among the bent cedars, upgrown firs and twirling poplars. If you listen carefully, you can hear the brook singing. These are Steph’s songs that accompany her as she walks home.
A Christian burial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at St. Francis Catholic Church with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will then take place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Please share your thoughts and memories with his family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Published on July 10, 2022